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Guest Interviews

20. Purple Coach Conversations' interview with Dawn Vernon, NHS Nurse.


This month we are joined by Dawn Vernon. Dawn is a Registered mental health nurse, NLP Master Practitioner, Personal Performance Coach, Professional Hypnotherapist and Time Line Therapist. She has over 27 years of working for the NHS, where her roles span across various sectors, including hospital, adult care and acute mental health.


She now provides holistic assessments to adults and juveniles in police custody, who may be experiencing ill mental health, substance misuse problems, learning difficulties/disabilities and any other vulnerabilities. Her other duties also include: Signposting to the appropriate services, liaising with the police, members of the MDT, as well as the voluntary and third sector organisations.


After 26 years working as a registered Mental Health Nurse in the NHS, she took the plunge and started her own practice as a coach. She utilises NLP techniques to aid, inspire, motivate and uplift clients to manage emotions, challenge negative thinking patterns, improve relationships, as well as as reduce stress and anxiety.

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In this episode we talk about:


  • Min 3 - Her current role in Police Custody and what her job entails. The responsibility of looking after children as young as 10 years old who have been arrested and are in police custody. 

  • Min 7: Mental health in the Black community. How Black people are 3 times more most likely to be diagnosed with mental health troubles. How the focus shifted from medical and medication to therapeutic interventions. 

  • Min 10 - How misdiagnosis happens in the NHS and especially amongst the Black community based on stereotypes.

  • Min 13 - How her understanding of people as individuals, rather than a collective, helped her voice concerns about the unproportionate misdiagnosis of Black people in the health care systems.  

  • Min 17 - How can we work together to change the stigma of mental health issues in the Black community. And all other communities that suffer from this stigma as well. 

  • Min 21 - Dealing with the racism that still exists in hospitals and Dawn's views around it.

Watch the full video interview below:

You can also listen to an audio version of our interview here:

audio_onlyAnne Hellgren, Tania Cuturi & Dawn Vernon
00:00 / 29:50

Book recommendation:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Connect with Dawn:

You can connect with Dawn on LinkedIn


or by email: 

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